Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is cutting short an overseas visit and returning home following the discovery of a new fruit fly in Auckland.

Central Hawkes Bay farmer Sam Clark, his wife Gudrun (‘Cookie’) and baby Archie.

While the hills in Central Hawkes Bay remain green, which is remarkable for this time of the year, Porangahau farmer Sam Clark and his wife Gudrun are on the lookout for drought.

BLNZ’s Jason Griffin.

Setting up for next year’s production was the theme of a Beef + Lamb NZ field day held last week at Massey University’s Tuapaka farm just outside Palmerston North.

Andrew Hoggard.

Six commercial farms have been destroyed by the huge fire in the hills southwest of Nelson, according to Federated Farmers.

 Feds meat and wool chair Miles Anderson.

In an irony not lost on free-marketers, Federated Farmers — in which farmer membership is voluntary — supports imposing a compulsory levy on all wool growers.

Feed will be the biggest issue in the coming months for farmers in Tasman region, says Federated Farmers Top of the South dairy chair Brian Dineen.

With a no-deal Brexit looming, NZ meat exporters face the prospect of paying tariffs twice on product going from the UK to the EU.

Broccoli prices more than doubled and lettuce prices rose almost 80% in January.

 

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